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2019 Ford Fusion

$22,840 - $40,015
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Ford Fusion

2019 Ford Fusion Review: Something for Everyone

by Jared Rosenholtz

Ford's Fusion returns for the 2019 model year to take on the Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, and the rest of the mid-size sedan segment. A number of engine options have been included, starting with a lethargic 2.5-liter four-cylinder and improving throughout the range with impressive 1.5- and 2.0-liter turbo fours. A range-topping 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 is also on offer. In conjunction with optional all-wheel-drive and a stylish interior, the smooth ride and keen handling make the Fusion a well-rounded competitor in the segment. Pricing can get steep with higher trim levels, though - a disappointment considering that interior materials are good, but the trims themselves feel poorly affixed. As a point of interest, the 2019 Fusion is the first Ford released anywhere in the world to debut Co-Pilot360 driver aids as standard.

2019 Ford Fusion Changes: What’s the difference vs 2018 Fusion?

Subtle styling changes differentiate the 2019 models from last year's versions, with slightly restyled front and rear bumpers. A quartet of new colors and two new wheel designs are also different for this year's model - but the biggest changes are beneath the skin. Ford's Co-Pilot360 brings a number of driver-assistance features to the Fusion, including automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rearview camera, auto high beams, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control systems. Voice-activated navigation and Wi-Fi are also now available.

Pros and Cons

  • Wide range of model options
  • More space than most rivals
  • Plenty of driver aids as standard
  • Great handling
  • Sporty model optional
  • All-wheel-drive available
  • Base engine is lethargic
  • Bland, unexciting appearance, despite restyled bumpers
  • Expensive when options start getting ticked

Fusion Exterior

Changes outside are minor, but front and rear fascias have had subtle tweaks applied. All models feature LED taillamps, while LED headlights, daytime running lights, foglights, and a power sunroof can be had further up the range. Titanium and Sport models get a differentiating trunk spoiler. Filling the understated arches are wheels that range from 16 inches all the way to 19-inch alloys.

2019 Ford Fusion Front Angle View
2019 Ford Fusion Side View
2019 Ford Fusion Front Angle View
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Dimensions

The Fusion has a curb weight ranging from 3,410 lbs to 4,085 lbs depending on engine and drivetrain configuration. Front-wheel-drive 1.5-liter variants weigh 3,470 lbs, while 2.0-liter all-wheel-drive models weigh 3,816 lbs each. The heaviest vehicle in the model lineup is naturally the twin-turbo V6 Sport, while the heaviest front-wheel-drive variant is the Titanium, which weighs in at 3,676 lbs. Length on all models is 191.7 inches, with a height measuring 58.1 inches and maximum width including unfolded mirrors at 83.5 inches. The wheelbase is 112.2 inches.

Exterior Colors

The color chart for 2019's Ford Fusion is made up of ten different hues, an increase of one over last year's model, but the base S model is only available with eight of the color options. Lightning Blue has been replaced by Velocity Blue, and Shadow Black makes way for Agate Black. Burgundy Velvet Metallic has also been scrapped in favor of Rich Copper Metallic, a $395 option. New for this year is White Gold. White Platinum Metallic is back and will cost you $595, while the ever-popular $395 Ruby Red, a truly striking scarlet, is still available.

  • Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Rich Copper Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat
  • Velocity Blue Metallic
  • White Gold Metallic
  • Blue Metallic
  • Magnetic Metallic
  • Agate Black
  • Ingot Silver Metallic
  • Oxford White

Fusion Performance

The base S model Ford Fusion comes as a front-wheel-drive only, mated to an asthmatic 2.5-liter four-pot, while the top-level Sport trim is only available with a 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost twin-turbocharged engine and all-wheel-drive. This motor makes a mighty 325 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque, which is good enough for a top speed of 155 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 5.3 seconds. These figures make it a genuinely sporty car, particularly for the segment, and its power means you can even bully the occasional 2.3-liter Mustang, although you won't necessarily look cool doing it.

The other mid-level variants come with a choice of either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive, and two engine choices - a 181-hp 1.5-liter turbo-four or a 2.0-liter turbo-four making 245 hp and 275 lb-ft. The base model has a bigger motor, but produces less torque and less power than either EcoBoost model four-pot makes, while returning fewer miles per gallon.

2019 Ford Fusion Front ViewDriving
2019 Ford Fusion Front View Driving
2019 Ford Fusion Rear Angle View

Engine and Transmission

All 2019 Ford Fusions are equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission, with no manual option available. The base model pairs this with a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder motor, but with torque figures of just 175 lb-ft and only 175 hp, the weight of the car overwhelms the wheezy power output when pulling away from a standstill. On the freeway, overtaking will not be a regular occurrence either.

The 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter EcoBoost options are far better for acceleration, but still not blisteringly quick, as this is still a 3,800-lb car and the automatic transmission is calibrated for smoothness over speed. That said, once models equipped with these engines overcome their initial inertia, they can accelerate fairly briskly.

The twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 Sport is the heaviest - but also the quickest - model in the lineup and is equipped with paddles to allow you to shift the auto yourself. With 325 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque, the Sport is still no Italian supercar, but for this segment, it is very impressive, outperforming most rivals with ease. However, this does take a toll on consumption.

  • Engines
    1.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 2.5-liter Inline-4 Gas, 2.7-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    6-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

For a long time, Ford's small and mid-size offerings have been equipped with some of the best chassis out there, and this one is no different. Coupled with great brakes, the Fusion makes light work of its weight, stopping well and carrying momentum through corners with composure and poise. These factors add up to build your confidence in the Fusion's ability to go around corners with a bit of enthusiasm. The steering does feel numb, but the Ford still changes direction promptly, with minimal body roll. Those brakes are also impressive under regular use for the daily commute, with good feel and easy modulation enabling smooth stops.

The holy grail of a well-honed chassis and suspension setup is a perfect balance between rigidity (beneficial for good handling and maximized grip) and supple comfort, which makes the car easy to live with. The engineers certainly got that right here - rebound is not aggressive, and mid-corner bumps are handled with supple dampening; the suspension absorbs imperfections without upsetting the balance of the car. Unlike in some other rivals, this does not translate to floaty, or bouncy, suspension when cruising. Overall the balance between handling prowess and daily comfort is just right, making this one of the more enjoyable mid-size sedans to drive day-to-day.

Fusion Gas Mileage

The Fusion's best-performing engine and drivetrain combination is the turbocharged 1.5-liter EcoBoost mated to front-wheel-drive propulsion. In this guise, the Fusion's EPA estimates are 23/34/27 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles. Front-wheel-drive Fusions get an 18-gallon gas tank (all-wheel-drive versions need more space for the drivetrain and thus get 16.5-gallon tanks), which works out to an estimated 486 miles of range per fill-up - competitive for this segment, although others do outperform it. That said, a hybrid option, reviewed as a separate model, can be considered if hypermiling is your thing.

The least economical is naturally the heaviest model with the biggest motor, the 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 Sport. This manages 17/26/20 mpg. The in-between motors are similarly average in figures for the lineup.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    16.5 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 21/31 mpg
* 2019 Ford Fusion S FWD

Fusion Interior

With the usual cloth and optional-leather and heated seating variations, the Fusion is on par with its rivals for the segment, with good space management complementing well-picked materials that feel slightly more premium than its segment usually suggests. The unconventional rotary gear-knob will take a little getting used to, but the rest of the switches are ergonomically placed. The seats are comfortable, with the driver's position being ten-way adjustable in higher trims. The SYNC 3 infotainment system that accompanies the higher trims also does a good job of making you feel at home, with easy connectivity and simple navigation, whether via the touch interface or the steering controls. Build quality, however, leaves a little to be desired, with poor panel alignment and miscellaneous rattles manifesting from the fascia panels over time.

2019 Ford Fusion Dashboard
2019 Ford Fusion Interior Overview
2019 Ford Fusion Steering Wheel Controls
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Seating and Interior Space

With space for five, the roomy Fusion is a comfortable companion for groups. Getting in and out is no chore, although the tallest of us may bemoan the slope of the roofline when entering the rear. Once seated, those over six-feet may feel a tiny bit claustrophobic when it comes to headroom, but any rear occupants who aren't quite as tall won't need to hunch and neither will they find the Ford wanting for legroom. In the front, plenty of adjustability on seating and steering makes the driver's seat a comfortable place to be, with a commanding driving position and good visibility in most directions. The thick A-pillars and slightly diminutive rear quarter windows impair this slightly, but the standard blind-spot monitoring system makes up for this.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

The base model Fusion S comes with Ebony Stone-colored cloth seats only, while the SE has the option of black too, or a light grey cloth and vinyl mix. That rounds off the lower-spec models, with SEL being the next rung on the ladder. This comes in either Ebony or Light Stone colors, but front seats are heated with the driver's being ten-way power-adjustable with memory. Titanium models get perforated leather upholstery in black or brown, with both front seats being power adjustable here. They are also both heated and cooled. Finally, the V6 Sport features black leather only, with the front seats featuring the same range of adjustments as on lower models.

Fusion Trunk and Cargo Space

The 2019 Ford Fusion's load capacity is more than respectable and holds plenty of shopping, luggage, or other cargo without much effort. You could easily fit ten shopping bags in the trunk and still have space for a briefcase or two, all without encroaching on the passenger seating. Its 16 cubic foot trunk is certainly larger than that of most rivals, further contributing to its all-round appeal. Should you need more space, though, the rear seats can fold in a 60/40 split. Furthermore, access to the trunk is easy, thanks to a wide trunk cavity with a low opening.

The usual glovebox and door pockets are present, with a respectably large storage bin below the center armrest, and two medium-sized cupholders front and rear. For practicality, this Fusion is undoubtedly one of the best options to consider.

2019 Ford Fusion Interior Overview
2019 Ford Fusion Top View
2019 Ford Fusion Rear Bumper
  • Trunk Volume
    16 ft³

Fusion Infotainment and Features

Features

Equipped with numerous driver aids as standard, the Fusion has you covered even from the cheapest model. These aids are encompassed by Ford's Co-Pilot360, which is a suite comprised of blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, auto high-beams, and a rearview camera. However, automatic dual-zone climate control is a standard feature on all but the S. Further up the trim ladder, adaptive cruise control which works even in traffic, voice-activated navigation, Wi-Fi, a sunroof, and heated and ventilated seats can be specced. A heated steering wheel and heated power mirrors with integrated turn signals are available too, as is remote start and keyless entry. Active park assist and park sensors are available on the V6 Sport only.

Infotainment

On the base model, the outdated SYNC system is still in use, but on all other trims, Ford's excellent SYNC 3 infotainment system once again features, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto enabled. Utilizing an eight-inch touchscreen, the system now includes Alexa and Waze, with voice-activated navigation to boot. SiriusXM and connectivity via Bluetooth, or one of the pair of USB ports, also feature here. The S model has only four speakers, but this is upgraded to six on the SE, 11 with the premium audio system in the SEL, and 12 with the Sony system in the Titanium and V6 Sport models. The 12-speaker system also includes HD Radio.

Fusion Problems and Reliability

J.D. Power's reliability index has scored the 2019 Ford Fusion 78 out of 100 on their charts, a respectable accomplishment. In addition, there have been no recalls for this model as yet. Ford's new vehicle warranty covers buyers for three years/36,000 miles for bumper-to-bumper coverage, while the powertrain and safety restraint systems are covered for five years/60,000 miles. There is also a five year/unlimited-mile corrosion warranty as standard.

Fusion Safety

Both the front-wheel- and all-wheel-drive variants of the Ford Fusion have scored the highest possible five stars overall for crash safety on the NHTSA's tests, with the best possible overall rating of Good in IIHS' evaluations.

Key Safety Features

In addition to blind-spot monitoring and lane-keep assist systems, the Fusion also features automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and forward collision warning. Automatic headlights and high-beams, cross-traffic alert, and a rearview camera are standard across the range, courtesy of the Co-Pilot360 suite. The Fusion is also equipped with dual front airbags, dual driver and passenger knee airbags, front-seat side airbags, and side-curtain airbags. A post-crash alert system is also fitted, directing paramedics and police support to your location in the event of a traffic incident.

Verdict: Is the 2019 Ford Fusion a good car?

With a redesign two years ago, the Fusion improved its safety ratings for crashes, and in 2019, it now features more driver-assistance tech as standard than ever before. The infotainment system is also well-polished and easy to use on all but the base trim, while other good points include the cavernous cargo storage, premium interior trim feel, a smooth and supple ride, and responsive steering. Gas mileage is also good, and power from the top trim is phenomenal, with reassuring braking keeping your speed in check when you need it. However, build quality is questionable, and the steering lacks feel. Rivals have also had their models in this segment completely redesigned more recently than 2017, and that is starting to show, with more contemporary tech and usability being manifest on Toyota, Chevy, and Hyundai rivals.

That being said, the Fusion is still a great car to drive in earnest, and a comfortable companion to live with every day. These factors, combined with good practicality, may just be enough to convince a purchase, one that would not be poorly made.

What's the Price of the 2019 Ford Fusion?

The cheapest model in the lineup is the front-wheel-drive Fusion S, which you could be forgiven for assuming means 'simple' in this case. This model starts at $22,840. The SE has a starting cost of $24,120 for the front-wheel-drive 1.5-liter turbo model. Adding all-wheel-drive on this trim will bump your engine up to the 2.0-liter EcoBoost for $2,860 extra. The 1.5-liter EcoBoost SEL's base front-wheel-drive price is $28,580 before options. Next up is the Titanium, starting at a cost of $34,340. Upgrading the 2.0-liter EcoBoost with the addition of all-wheel-drive will cost exactly $2,000. Finally, the V6 Sport's MSRP is $40,015. This is the fully-loaded model and includes all the optional extras of lesser trims. All prices quoted exclude Ford's destination charge of $995, taxes, incentives, and acquisition fees.

2019 Ford Fusion Models

The Fusion range is comprised of five variants: S, SE, SEL, Titanium, and V6 Sport.

The S is the simplest and most spartan offering here, with 16-inch steel wheels masked by plastic covers. It also features a gutless 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and the clumsy SYNC infotainment system, but at least has a rearview camera and a host of driver aids included as standard.

The SE remedies the S model's faults with 17-inch alloys, a more powerful and more efficient 1.5-liter turbo engine, as well as the option of all-wheel-drive and a 2.0-liter turbo. A six-speaker sound system features SYNC 3, and start/stop tech, power-adjustable seats, and dual-zone climate control improve the offering.

The mid-range SEL adds more comfort with heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, LED headlamps and daytime running lights, power and heated wing mirrors, and an 11-speaker audio upgrade.

Titanium trims upgrade the stereo system to a Sony unit with 12 speakers and HD Radio, while LED fog lights, a power sunroof, ventilated front seats, perforated leather upholstery, and a rear spoiler complete the more premium trim.

At the top of the range, the twin-turbocharged V6 Sport includes all the aforementioned options, with aluminum pedals, enhanced park assist, a unique grille, quad-tipped exhausts, and adaptive dampening to present a fully-loaded package.

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
S
2.5-liter Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$22,840
SE
1.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$24,120
SEL
1.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$28,580
Titanium
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$34,340
V6 Sport
2.7-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$40,015
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Additional Packages

The S is available with Co-Pilot360 Assist, which adds adaptive cruise control, voice-activated navigation, SYNC 3 with smartphone integration, and dual-zone climate control for $1,290. At that price, it costs almost the same as the SE above it and is almost a nonsensical option as the SE includes better wheels and nicer interior color options while adding the Assist package as standard equipment.

Meanwhile, the SE has the option of the 151A equipment package, which upgrades the wheels to 18-inch black alloys, adds a rear spoiler, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel for $1,095. An all-wheel-drive package can be added here too, including the more powerful of the EcoBoost motors, for $2,860. The other trims in the range do not have any package options available, as they include optional equipment of lower models as standard.

What Ford Fusion Model Should I Buy?

The Fusion model lineup covers everything from the utterly basic to the sporty and pricey. The S is too simple and cheap to be comfortable daily, and its motor does it no favors - equipping it with the available Co-Pilot360 package to try to bring it up to speed is illogical, as simply opting for the SE trim at similar cost adds all the needed features as well as including a more powerful engine that will return better gas mileage. The S trim ought to be scrapped entirely, taking that horrible motor with it. At the opposite end of the scale, the V6 Sport is intoxicatingly quick for a car in this segment, but it feels like overkill. The sweet spot is somewhere in the middle, and our choice is the 2.0-liter EcoBoost front-wheel-drive Titanium. It's arguably the best looking in the lineup without shouting about it, has the best options from the rest of the range, and without all-wheel-drive, is light enough to be nippy while still being economical. Paired with numerous creature comforts and crammed with safety tech, this is a great all-rounder.

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2019 Ford Fusion vs Hyundai Sonata

With Ford's Fusion being a slightly left-field choice compared to the Toyota Camry, other options also present themselves. Hyundai's Sonata has become a good-looking alternative but is it as good as the Fusion? Well, it's certainly cheaper, by almost two grand. It's also classified as a large sedan and has more space. Better fuel economy figures and marginally better cargo space also count in its favor. Unfortunately, its engines lack character, and its Sport model is not sporty at all. There is also not much you can do to make it stand out, as Hyundai hasn't quite got enough customization options for it, while the Fusion has appearance packages and multiple wheel and color combinations. The Fusion does a better job of wearing multiple suits, whereas the Sonata is simply a stylish vehicle meant for cruising in comfort. The Fusion is the better vehicle overall, and for this reason, a better choice.

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2019 Ford Fusion vs Toyota Camry

The Camry has always been the all-rounder to beat in this segment, a true class leader. However, the Ford should not be overlooked. Now a nameplate on its way out (at least in this body style), the Fusion should be seen as a more refined version of its older self, rather than a radical new car. Playing to its own strengths, it is a more exciting car to drive, with keener handling and stiffer suspension. There are also plenty of options for various types of people, all within one lineup. An advantage over the Camry is also its optional all-wheel-drive, which the Toyota does without. That said, Toyota has also played to its strengths, and although slightly less spacious, it is more comfortable and returns better fuel economy, for less money and with more power than the lower Fusion models. The Camry is the one to choose.

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